Orthoptera IDs 4 of 4: A Garigue specimen

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Orthoptera IDs 4 of 4: A Garigue specimen

Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:03 am

Another one from the mu photo archives remained unidentified for ages. Is it possible to ID? Was found in a garigue. If more data is required (eg date or location) I try to do my best to fetch it.
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Post by RB » Thu Oct 04, 2007 12:10 pm

Depends on the date - Monday it would be "Gurat", Tuesday "Gurat older by one day", Wednesday it would be...

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 04, 2007 3:44 pm

You have good talents of a clown, i must say :lol:
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Post by Conchiolin » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:46 pm

Very possibly a Pyrgomorpha conica.

Conica denotes the shape of it's head which is a bit coneshaped. But i can't see exactly the shape of the head. Was the head conical Mr.MWP?
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Post by RB » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:02 pm

As an aside, I am very fascinated by the ones that look like grass, very slender, with a super-pointy head, in vivid green or brown, and not so common.

Reminding me also of the Praying Mantis, again probably a seasonal animal.

Maybe Conch or the others can elaborate.

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Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:19 pm

RB: Have you checked Acrida ungarica subsp. mediterranea ?? Are you referring to this species ?
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Post by MWP admin » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:19 pm

Conch, this is the only pic I have of this one !

I found thisl ink about Grasshoppers/locusts...

http://www.biologie.uni-osnabrueck.de/o ... anaria.htm

... which states that this species was believed to be endemic of the Canary islands. Hence I don't think this common specimen in my photo is the same quasi-endemic Pyrgomorpha conica of the Canary islands

Also I think the ID of several insects is not as an easy job as comparing photos.
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Post by IL-PINE » Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:07 pm

why are all these grasshoppers reminding me of food a?

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Post by Conchiolin » Fri Oct 05, 2007 4:49 pm

I used the book of maltese countryside to id those grasshoppers. Yes i agree strongly with you comparing photos is not enough but it helps. Example the striations on the eyes of the grasshoppers the shape and structure of the pronotum.

Mr.Rb you're definitely referring to the slant-face grasshopper. Yes they're beautiful and there are brown and green variety like the mantis religiosa which also has brown and green polymorphs.
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Post by MWP admin » Tue Oct 09, 2007 10:05 pm

Hmmm... "Mr.RB" seems that he have not yet realized about www.maltawildplants.com/WildNature.php

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Post by MWP admin » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:50 am

What about Chorthippus mollis? (or maybe better C. brunneus)

I got this idea from the shape and bands of the upper part of the thorax (indented inside and white black band at border)


Another possibility is Ailopus thalassinus, but as I said in another post, the pronotum is not very alike to a photo in a book ?!? :?:
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Post by borgcar » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:56 pm

Again Glyptobothrus sp.
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